Saturday, July 26, 2014

Riffnotes - The Long Shrift - Yankees/Toronto

Saturday==>Good morning to all of my loyal and faithful readers and followers out there in the morass known as cyberspace.

Let’s get today’s posting started with your favorite blogger’s report card on yesterday’s entertainment event ...

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) production of ...

RIFFNOTES: The Musical, the original musical revue about six quirky teens in a high school summer enrichment program who go on a journey of personal discovery as they tackle classic books and re-imagine iconic stories through the lens of high school hijinks, social media, and even beloved Broadway musicals==>Totally Enjoyable.

This revue stars a group of 21 talented teens from Prospect Theater Company’s Summer Intensive Training Program performing 6 short plays spoofing literary favorites such as Pride & Prejudice, Macbeth, Moby Dick, Les Miserables and others.

The ensemble cast is excellent and the singing and dancing is extremely polished. Everything moves very fast and the energy and enthusiasm on stage flowed into the totally involved audience.

To me the funniest piece was Les Miserabbits, about ... yeah ... rabbits portraying Victor Hugo’s characters from Les Miserables.

Before the show I ran into my friend Julie Miller and we sat together and did some much needed catching up. I also learned that Julie is a member of the Board of Directors of the Prospect Theater Company. Nice.

For your info ... the Summer Intensive Program runs for 3 weeks and is an opportunity for young performers and writers to build their skills by working directly with Prospect artists in preparation for the musical review premiering original songs and plays written expressly for young people.

Yeah ... it was a totally enjoyable afternoon and I left The Pearl Theatre with a big smile on my face.

Unfortunately for my loyal and faithful readers and followers, the final performance of the show was at 11:00am this morning.

When the show was over I did a walk and wander session in my Hell’s Kitchen ‘hood and then came back to PHC, had the usual fruit and cheese plate and settled in to watch my evening’s entertainment event ... the YANKEES/TORONTO game.

Yes ... last night out at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed and Ego Built, The Yankees (54-48) overcame a 3-run deficit to beat Toronto (54-50) 6-4 on a 3-run homer from Ichiro Suzuki, his first homer of the season.

Amazing stat==>this was the Yankees 17th straight victory over Toronto at the stadium. AWESOME!!

At 1:05pm this afternoon is the 2nd game of the 3-game series. On the mound for The Yankees will be the just acquired Chris Capuano (1-1) vs. Drew Hutchison (6-9) for The Blue Jays.

Of course your favorite blogger will be in the comfortable confines of PHC, watching the game on his new (to him) 42” flat-screen TV.

Moving on ...

Tonight’s entertainment event is ...

8:00==>THE LONG SHRIFT - “Richard Singer, a dorky teenage boy, is accused and thrown in jail for rape, tearing his parents apart. Now, nine years later, Richard is out of jail and his accuser is back in his life.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

For your information==>shrift is: “absolution or remission of sins granted after confession and penance.”

This drama is directed by James Franco, who is making his stage directorial debut. It opened to mostly lukewarm reviews, which almost uniformly panned Franco’s directing skills.

Nonetheless, your favorite blogger thought he would give it a shot to see for himself.

It is playing at The Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre (not one of my favorite venues) in The West Village, has a running time of 1:40, without intermission, and runs through August 23rd.

In closing ... Sunday’s plans are still in flux ... so ... stay tuned.


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.13 miles (or, 9,039 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>798.77 miles (average 3.88 miles per day)


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